Celebration of Newly Conserved Lands May 6

For Immediate Release: April 19, 2017
Media Contacts: Mark Scott, 802-777-4217

Celebration of Newly Conserved Lands May 6


CASTLETON, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and its partners will celebrate the conservation of nearly 3,000 acres at Bird Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on May 6 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The celebration will begin at the Education Center at Edward Kehoe Conservation Camp in Castleton, Vermont, with presentations on the incredible value of these lands for wildlife and outdoor recreation, and will conclude with easy walks to tour the newly conserved property.

The event is free and open to the public, and families are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served. Attendees should bring comfortable shoes for walking, sun protection, and water.

The conserved lands are in the Vermont towns of Ira and Poultney. This addition brings the total of publicly conserved land at Bird Mountain WMA to more than 3,600 acres. This is the largest addition to a Vermont wildlife management area in 15 years. The WMA includes the iconic Bird’s Eye Mountain, a well-known nesting site and habitat for peregrine falcons.

Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore will be in attendance to speak on the many values of these conserved lands. Louis Porter, commissioner of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, will be also in attendance to highlight the many benefits of the conservation project to Vermonters.

“These lands are popular with hunters, hikers, birdwatchers, and snowmobilers,” said Porter. “The newly expanded Bird Mountain Wildlife Management Area will provide additional recreational opportunities as well as a year-round boost to regional tourism that will serve as an economic engine in central Rutland County for many years to come.”

Published on 04/19/2017